Posted Sep 23, 2010 11:41 pm CDT
In what the Threat Level blog of Wired describes as the first federal case addressing whether wireless providers are permitted to block text messages based on their content, T-Mobile USA Inc. argued in a filing (PDF) yesterday in federal court in Manhattan that it does have this power.
The issue arises in battle between the wireless carrier and a texting service, which signs up customers for so-called “short code” services, in a Southern District of New York case that tests the limits of currently unclear Federal Communications Commission rules about network neutrality.
After the service, EZ Texting, signed up a California medical marijuana dispensing organization, T-Mobile balked concerning all of the company’s clients until EZ Texting provided T-Mobile with a list to pre-approve, the blog post explains.
T-Mobile says the power to pre-approve such clients is necessary “to protect the carrier and its customers from potentially illegal, fraudulent or offensive marketing campaigns conducted on its network.”